While people will be using Android Pie in a few days, if you’re still stuck with a phone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ll need an immediate upgrade. Google has announced that it is taking out the support in upcoming versions of Play services for Ice Cream Sandwich, as per the reports. The company has conveyed the decision to all the developers and has also warned them regarding the same. The developer kit elements that already existing ones will continue to work, and individual components will also support the operating system, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will require the newer toolkit iterations.
This is not such a bad news for the Ice Cream Sandwich users but the company will encourage some serious decisions. Most of the developers have been told that they have to deliver two versions of their app or they should get ready to lose a part of their potential audience, no matter how small it is. Even if the software is useful up to some extent for some time to come, it seems that the end of Android 4.0 is near.
Despite all of this, the company Google doesn’t seem to be worried much. According to a survey conducted, it was observed that less than 1 percent users of Android OS are running this 2011-era platform. To be precise, as of October 2018, the percentage is as low as 0.3.
The interesting thing to be noted here is that there are as many as 2 billion Android users which are active, and therefore the decision will eventually result in millions of people getting affected. These people will be losing the access to Google services as well as the latest apps, as supporting this old software will be too difficult for the company.